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Posts tagged “Vivek Wadhwa”

October 8, 2010

Premium Lock Startups' decision: Go for all of the gold or just enough?

Vivek Wadhwa It matters how big entrepreneurs want to get before cashing out because it affects the way you grow your company, and the focus you place on products and customers.

September 13, 2010

Premium Lock Can Russia build its own Silicon Valley?

Silicon Valley in Russia? Analysis: Russia has many challenges. Foreign investors are discouraged by rules of law that fail to match countries such as the U.S. and Western Europe; bureaucracies are confusing and cumbersome; corruption is rampant and is even seeping into the education system; powerful oligarchs dominate key industries; and secrecy in R&D is the norm. Until these problems are fixed, tech entrepreneurship simply can’t flourish.

Updated September 1, 2010

Premium Lock High tech’s hiring dark secret: It’s all about age

The harsh reality is that in the tech world, companies prefer to hire young, inexperienced engineers. And engineering is an “up or out” profession: you either move up the ladder or face unemployment. This is not something that tech executives publicly admit, because they fear being sued for age discrimination, but everyone knows that this is the way things are.

Tracking age and earnings Tracking age and earnings

August 9, 2010

Premium Lock Abolishing software patents would unleash more innovation

In software, patents are just nuclear weapons in an arms race. They don’t foster innovation, they inhibit it. That’s because things change rapidly in this industry. Speed and technological obsolescence are the only protections that matter. Fledgling startups have to worry more about some big player or patent troll pulling out a big gun and bankrupting them with a frivolous lawsuit than they do about someone stealing their ideas.

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August 2, 2010

Premium Lock Emerging markets: Opportunities in ‘Patent-Free Zone’

The Patent-Free Zone Opinion: Vivek Wadhwa provides a fresh take on how the geographical differences in patent law may actually open up big opportunities in countries considered emerging markets.

Updated July 26, 2010

Premium Lock Magic is gone: Why an Apple fanboy is Craiglisting his iPads

iPad sales are soaring “I really believed that this cool new device would solve the world’s technology problems and reduce the number of electronic gadgets I had to carry around,” writes entrepreneur and university professor Vivek Wadhwa. He now says he was wrong.

July 10, 2010

Premium Lock Why Andy Grove is wrong about job growth

Vivek Wadhwa Opinion from Vivek Wadhwa: Reigniting job creation in the U.S. won't happen by becoming more like China and India.

Updated June 28, 2010

Premium Lock Entrepreneurship = hope: Inspiration from some determined young girls in India

Analysis from Vivek Wadhwa: If the young girls I met in India can rise above poverty, alcoholism, gender bias, domestic violence, marriage pressures, religious oppression, and a wide range of complex social and economic obstacles through pure hard work and determination, so can underprivileged communities in the U.S.

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June 1, 2010

Premium Lock Why policy makers should review facts before marching to drumbeat of xenophobes

Immigration debate Analysis: New research confirms what most people in Silicon Valley already know: that foreign-born I.T. workers complement American professionals and make the pie bigger rather than take jobs away.

Updated May 18, 2010

Premium Lock Fixing Societal Problems starts with mom and dad

Vivek Wadhwa Opinion: Though many people say sexism is rare in the tech world these days, the barriers encountered by some women entrepreneurs aren’t unusual. If you're going to fix a problem, you need to start by admitting that it exists and then fix its root causes. Don't pretend that everything is okay just because you can highlight a few random successes.

Updated May 9, 2010

Premium Lock Is an MBA a plus or a minus in the startup world?

Is MBA worth the investment? Analysis: In the startup world, it’s simply survival of the fittest. You have to involve yourself with almost every aspect of the business — and use all skills. Education helps meet those challenges.

Updated May 6, 2010

Premium Lock Bootstrapping to success: Three startups that grew on their own

Threadless Analysis: Founders at Threadless, Pointabout, Buzzient demonstrate how venture capital is not essential for building a profitable venture.

Updated May 6, 2010

Premium Lock Bootstrapping case No. 2: Told no by VCs, Pointabout persevered on its own

AppMakr Key advice for success: 'Focus hard and focus on your core. Almost anyone can make any one thing great if they focus on it and dedicate their life to it.'

May 6, 2010

Premium Lock Bootstrapping case No. 3: A former VC chose to build value first at Buzzient

Timothy Jones Key to success? 'The first rule is to relentlessly focus on your customers.'

May 3, 2010

Premium Lock An entrepreneur’s advice to the South: Invest in failure first

Vivek Wadhwa, a Triangle entrepreneur turned academic at Duke and other universities, tells TechDrawl Web site that taking risk is essential to a region’s success.

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Updated April 26, 2010

Premium Lock Seeking funding? Ditch biz plan, buy a lottery ticket

Analysis: The reality is that the vast majority of startups don’t receive any VC or angel funding. My advice is always the same: ditch the business plan, and buy a lottery ticket. Your odds are better, and you’ll suffer less stress.

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April 26, 2010

Premium Lock Launching your own venture: Pointers on bootstrapping

Looking for cash? There is no single recipe for bootstrapping a company, but there are some essential ingredients. Read here for some pointers.

Updated April 10, 2010

Premium Lock How to be happy at work – And to deal with that jerk boss

Secrets to happiness at work Analysis: It is easy to look at all the things that are wrong with your job. But instead of being despondent at work and focusing on the two or three things that you think are wrong with your job, try thinking about the twenty or so things that are good about it. Try making a list of all that’s good about your job, including the fact that you have one.

March 28, 2010

Premium Lock Why America needs to begin reeducating its work force again

Analysis: Workforce education increases productivity, decreases turnover, and leads to greater corporate growth. A study of industry in India provides the bottom-line proof.

Tracking jobs in India Tracking jobs in India

March 22, 2010

Premium Lock Ethics in business – They must be a priority from start up

Analysis: Business ethics are not something you need to start worrying about when your company reaches a certain size; they need to be sewn into the fabric of your startup from the get-go. The lessons are the same for tech businesses as they are for investment banks and for third-world economies.

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